In a cemetery in Jaffrey, New Hampshire you can read the following epitaph:

Sacred to the Memory of Amos Fortune
who was born free in Africa
a slave in America, he purchased
liberty, professed Christianity,
lived reputably, died hopefully
Nov. 17, 1901 At. 91.

Seems Amos Fortune had many challenges to face and overcome in his life. Whether our challenges are greater or lesser than his, our hope will come from the same source.


J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.